C2C MVP MEDIA DASHBOARD C2C MVP MEDIA DASHBOARD Preseason Preview Junior Running Back Mark Ingram is this years front runner for C2C MVP Column 1 Column 2 Column 3 Column 4 Column 5 Column 6 RANK NAME POSITION TEAM CHANGE COMMENTS 1. Mark Ingram RB The defending Heisman winner stopped Tim Tebow and Sam Bradford from taking their second Heismans, and now Ingram will attempt to become the second player to win this award twice, joining Ohio State legend Archie Griffin.Ingram was fourth in the nation in rushing last year, and he powered the Crimson Tide to a win in the BCS title game over Texas. However, Alabama may give more carries to Trent Richardson, which cuts into Ingram’s productivity. 2. Terrelle Pryor QB Pryor led the Buckeyes in rushing, but his passing was still inconsistent. Still, he had a big game through the air in Ohio State’s win over Oregon in the Rose Bowl, a game that he played with torn knee ligaments. Pryor is fully recovered from surgery, but the biggest thing holding him back is the conservative playcalling of coach Jim Tressell. The “Sweater Vest” needs to take the reins off and allow Pryor to grow, because of anyone on this list Pryor may have the most natural talent. 3. Noel Devine RB Devine was ninth in the country in rushing last season, and with his 6.1 average, he’s a breakaway threat. But Devine has never been the star we thought he would be coming to Morgantown and this is his last chance to step up to the plate. If Devine can tear up the Big East this year, with his tools, he could move up the online betting list for the Heisman in a hurry. 4. Matt Barkley QB Chalk this pick up to the recent USC Heisman legacy. Barkley arrived at Troy with impossible expectations and, except for a memorable final drive against Ohio State, didn't really deliver. However, like Luck he should make that nice jump from shaky freshman play to a more rounded and explosive sophomore. He certainly has the receiving talent at his disposal to work his way up this chart. Spring reviews indicate he's slimmed down and added more mobility to his game. 5. Christian Ponder QB Ponder threw for 2,717 yards in 2009 before being sidelined for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. His talent is very real, his 301-yard-per-game passing average, his 68.8% accuracy and superb mobility (318 gross rushing yards) last season convinced FSU that the time had finally come for a Heisman campaign. 6. John Brantley QB Florida is still going to be good, the best of a bad SEC East. And John Brantley will attempt to become the Jesus to Tebow's God. The one thing that Florida has not gotten enough credit for is his ability to adjust his offensive game plans according to the talent he has on the field. With Tebow, Meyer's spread attack flourished. But now with Brantley, could Florida return to more of a pro-style offense? 7. Roy Helu Jr. RB I-back Roy Helu Jr. returns for his senior season as one of the most productive rushers in the Big 12 Conference. Helu has amassed more than 2,000 rushing yards over the past three seasons, including a 1,000-yard rushing campaign as a junior in 2009. In 2010, he will be the veteran leader of a Nebraska running back corps that returns fully intact for the upcoming season. The 6-0, 220-pound Helu combines his good size and speed with excellent vision and elusiveness. 8. Tyrod Taylor QB Taylor’s winning percentage of .857 ranks second in the Frank Beamer era only to Michael Vick’s .955 mark and a 21-1 record. Taylor completed 99 of 173 throws (57.3 PCT) for 1,035 yards but just two touchdowns and seven interceptions. As a runner, Taylor carried the ball 147 times for 738 yards and seven touchdowns. I don’t think this is Tyrod’s year. The Hokie with the most trophy buzz thus far has been standout tailback Ryan Williams. His strong running coupled with Taylor’s passing has been propelling the Hokies towards something big on the horizon. 9. Michael Floyd WR Floyd is already an elite wide receiver, and should continue to flourish in Brian Kelly’s pass happy spread offense. Had it not been for an injury last year, Floyd may have stolen away the Biletnikoff Award away from teammate Golden Tate. 10. Tate Forcier QB Because Michigan is going to be better than people think. And because Forcier is better than people give him credit for. Though he struggled down the stretch in 2009, the fact is that Forcier, for a time, was playing some pretty spectacular football. Remember his heroics against Notre Dame and Indiana? His gutty play down the stretch against Michigan State? Forcier got beat up bad in 2009, but he'll be bigger and stronger in 2010; so, too, will his offensive line. 11. Garrett Gilbert QB After watching Gilbert throw two second-half touchdowns in the national championship game loss to Alabama, it's safe to say the former Lake Travis High School star isn't the Longhorns' biggest question mark heading into the 2010 season. With Gilbert taking the reigns of a Texas offense full of new faces he has a chance to shine. 12. LaMichael James RB Finally, we get to LaMichael James, arguably one of the best backs in the country. His offseason misdemeanor harassment incident will keep him out of at least one game this year and tarnish his image. Guys who get sentenced to jail time don't win the Heisman Trophy in the same season. They just don't. He could run for 3,000 yards and he'd still have problems with many voters, lucky for him this is a video game and not real life.